Barbie Playsets and Barbie Doll have come a long way to become one of the most successful dolls of the planet.
Barbie doll is maybe the ones that have more accessories for fun play.
Now with so many accessories, considering that it comes in a Blonde and Brunette types; it is no wonder this toy is famous.
It is made to play using your imagination for hours.
Nevertheless, to truly understand the fundamental reasons of its success one has to back to where it all started.
The History of Barbie Doll and Barbie Playsets
Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara play with paper dolls, and noticed that she often enjoyed giving them adult roles.
At the time, most children’s toy dolls were representations of infants.
Realizing that there could be a gap in the market, Handler suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to her husband Elliot, a co-founder of the Mattel toy company.
He was unenthusiastic about the idea, as were Mattel’s directors.
During a trip to Europe in 1956 with her children Barbara and Kenneth, Ruth Handler came across a German toy doll called Bild Lilli.
The adult-figured doll was exactly what Handler had in mind, so she purchased three of them. She gave one to her daughter and took the others back to Mattel.
The Lilli doll was based on a popular character appearing in a comic strip drawn by Reinhard Beuthin for the newspaper Bild.
Lilli was a blonde bombshell, a working girl who knew what she wanted and was not above using men to get it.
The Lilli doll was first sold in Germany in 1955, and although it was initially sold to adults, it became popular with children who enjoyed dressing her up in outfits that were available separately.
Upon her return to the United States, Handler redesigned the doll (with help from engineer Jack Ryan) and the doll was given a new name, Barbie, after Handler’s daughter Barbara.
The doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959.
This date is also used as Barbie’s official birthday.
The first Barbie doll wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail, and was available as either a blonde or brunette.
The doll was marketed as a “Teen-age Fashion Model,” with her clothes created by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson.
The first Barbie dolls were manufactured in Japan, with their clothes hand-stitched by Japanese homeworkers.
Around 350,000 Barbie dolls were sold during the first year of production.
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Barbie Playsets Beekeeper
Whoever came up with this idea deserves a medal! Who would have thought Barbie as an apiarist!
Barbie celebrates her 60th birthday this year but luckily she never ages.
In fact she gets prettier and of course more environmentally friend as time goes by.
This is one of a line of Barbie career dolls.
Each one wears the clothes associated with their trade and includes accessories for fun play.
You can get the Barbie Dentist, Barbie Doctor, Barbie Farmer and Vet and of course the Beekeeper Barbie which is our favorite.
The great thing about this playset is it is educational.
You can teach your child how bees are an endangered species, how bees pollinate flowers and also how honey is made.
With a good book about bees or even a YouTube video and maybe a honey based snack your child can learn a lot about bees and their role in this World.
This will also make playing with the set a much richer experience.
Barbie Playsets beekeeper Barbie is dressed as fashionably as we would expect but with an extra layer of protective gear to save her from bee stings.
From the feet up she is wearing a pair of brown boots and blue pants; her white jacket is nicely decorated with bees.
To protect her body she wears a pair of white gloves and the required safety gear of any beekeeper a hat with a net veil.
There are two versions of this particular Barbie African-American and Caucasian.
There are a nice number of accessories with this set.
It comes with a colorful stand that includes a blue spinning beehive.
There is a computer monitor and two honey bear jars.
There is also a honeycomb that slides in an out.
And let’s not forget some bees as well which can be housed in the beehive in a sliding drawer.
The bees can also come out of the drawer and pollinate some beautiful orange and red flowers that they can be attached to with their pegged bodies.
Barbie Playsets Conclusion
This Barbie Playsets Beekeeper is very different from the usual Barbie sets and we love it.
Any Barbie collector or child who likes dolls will appreciate this set.
If this isn’t there first Barbie Career doll they will welcome this one to their collection.
This will teach children the importance of the honey bee in a fun playful way.
Remember to teach them that though bees are our friends they can still deliver a nasty sting!